Behind the Scenes

The photos you see in magazines or on billboards were not the first takes. A lot of prep goes into a model or prop to make it look just right for that perfect photo. Below are some behind the scene pictures of my friend Nick who helped me out with an assignment. I wasn’t completely pleased with my panning photographs so I used him instead of a car.

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It was such a nice day, we were outside for almost two hours! Although he patiently posed for a whole bunch of “just because the lighting was right” photos, this one is my favourite.

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Panning; the street at a standstill.

Many of the assignments in my photography class are concepts I have never heard about nor tried. Before this class I was a basic ‘point and shoot’ photographer; if I can even call myself that. Now, I’ve expanded my knowledge and capabilities behind the camera.

One of the more interesting techniques we’ve come to learn and I’ve come to (somewhat) understand is panning. A panning photo demonstrates the isolation of a moving subject, usually a car moving at high speeds, and shows the ‘movement’ of these things around it through blur. Inanimate, non moving things like fire hydrants and buildings appear blurred to exaggerate the movement of main subject of the photo.

Although this is tough to shoot, like anything, practice makes perfect. The key to a good panning shot is following your main subject at near the same speed they are passing you. No 100m/h, but once you can relatively match the movement of it, you start to get better images.

Another thing that’s really important to consider is the angle at which you are “panning”. This type of photography is best shot with a tripod; I learned that the hard way. Most of my images have half of a car or better yet just the bumper. Here are a few examples:

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Another really difficult part of taking a good panning photo is getting the subject completely in focus. A lot of the well framed pictures I took were ruined by blur. The background was out of focus which is what I wanted but the main subject was as well, as shows here below:

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All in all, I did get a few good shots. But, those will be kept secret for my assignment!

Here is a link i found that not only helpfully explains how to take a good panning shot, but also gives examples of other subjects like skateboarders and dogs! Let me know what you think and happy panning!

#selfie

iPhone cameras do not compare to the quality of a dslr when it comes to anything you’re photographing, so why stick to your cell phone for your selfies?! Not one of us, especially me, can truthfully say they haven’t snapped a pic or two when their make up looks just right or it happens to be a good hair day. And the whole reason to snap a #selfie is to share with your friends. That’s why I’m sharing these with you!

Now, like any selfietographer knows, you can take 300 pictures and end up with only 3 good ones. Here are the three best ones I took; two featuring my handsome boyfriend!

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DSC_0800All three photographs were taken right by the window in my dorm so any natural light flowing in is what I/we used. The first was on a really nice, sunny day. The second one was take when it was rainy and gloomy. The third was taken on a pretty sunny day and I used the effects built into my camera to make the photo black and white.

Campus Bliss

The photography studio is one place that I really feel at home on campus. Over the past few weeks in my Digital Photography class, we’ve been in the studio setting up and taking down sets to photograph human subjects with proper lighting. These are some of the pictures I’ve taken before or during a shoot. There’s something about the atmosphere of a photography studio that really calms me. Everything just seems right.

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The following are photos I’ve taken over the past few weeks of classmate and friend Laura for assignments. You can find her blog here. Look forward to more pictures of Laura in the future as she’s a great model and so fun to work with!

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Missing Summer

Summer Arboretum


Although the dead of winter is upon us, I can’t help but reminisce on the serenity of the arboretum at Humber College’s North Campus. Seen above, the pond has a very glassy appearance and that’s what is so calming about it. Just think of what exactly could be lurking beneath! We’re not talking Nessy or Megalodon, solely the little critters that call this pond their home. There’s something about still water that ignites my imagination. The reflection of the land in the water is mesmerizing all on its own. I found some really nice photos of water reflection here, mixed with some other reflective photography, so let me know what you think!